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Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Best Tinted Lip Balms Ever

This category covers the very best lip tinted lip balms, regardless of price. Feel free to weigh in on your favorites. This list is actually comprised of two separate lists:
1) The Beauty Insider's Picks: My own personal list of the best products in that category, in no particular order
2) The Popular Vote: The results of a poll I did of over 1000 beauty-savvy consumers, in order of popularity

The Beauty Insider's Picks

1. Lucky Chick Lucky Lips Lip Shine Mimosa, Jasmine, and Violet: I’m not usually a fan of pots, but this product is irresistible. The fab scent manages to be fruity and floral at the same time, and this gloss is a sheer, shiny red. $11
2. MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 (“Gentle Coral”): Unlike most pot balms, this one is soft, so it’s easy to apply. The texture is creamy but light, very shiny and moisturizing, and the color can be layered from sheer to almost lipstick-like. “Gentle Coral” is a sunny summer staple. $14
3. Philosophy Kiss Me Very Emollient Lip Balm (“Red”): The name says it all: this glossy, hydrating balm keeps lips kissable. The sheer red is beautiful and natural. I prefer the tube to the pot—less messy. $10
4. Hard Candy Icicle Lip Balm (“Berrycicle”): These balms combine cool, frosty, fruity flavor and fun packaging. “Berrycicle” has a pink tint. $6.50
5. Stila Clear Color (“Berry”): A slim stick dispenses a sheer wash of color, soothing vitamin E and an SPF of 8. “Berry” is a flattering fruity color. $14
6. Too Faced Bunny Balm (“Bodacious Berry”): This balm wins points for packaging, and for the yummy formula, which is infused with fruit essential oils like guava, pineapple, grapefruit and ginger. “Bodacious Berry” is, appropriately enough, berry scented, with a sheer plummy sheen. $11
7. Prada Shielding Lip Balm SPF 15/Lip/Tint (“Tint 06”): Sure, it ranks high on the decadently hip scale, but this is also one of the few tinted balms with SPF 15. “Tint 06” is a soft red. $38 (for 8 mono doses)
8. Eyeko Fat Balm (“Strawberry”): Channel your childhood with this adorable, chunky, pink-and-blue tube of sweet-tasting balm. One swipe gives lips a natural flush that mimics the one you were born with, while light-reflecting particles plump up your pout. “Strawberry” is a sheer red that tastes like the eponymous fruit. $13
9. Bonne Bell Lip Lix (“I Scream”): This balm is sheer, moisturizing, and, at less than $4, a guilt-free indulgence. “I Scream” is a versatile neutral with a yummy chocolate flavor. $3.50
10. Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Lip Shine (“Blackberry”): This creamy formula hydrates and soothes while providing subtle shine and SPF 15 protection. “Blackberry” gives a sheer, juicy wash of color. $18

The Popular Vote

1. Bonne Bell Lip Smacker Lipgloss in “Dr. Pepper”, $1.50 (approx.)
2. Prada Shielding Balm SPF 15/Lip/Tint in “Tint 04”, $60
3. Philosophy Kiss Me Very Emollient Lip Balm in “Red”, $10
4. Clinique Superbalm Tinted Lip Treatment in “Raspberry Tint”, $10.50
5. Almay Pure Tints Protective Lip Care SPF 25 in “Berry,” “Blush,” “Nude,” and “Cocoa” (tie), $4.50 (approx.)
6. Benefit Benetint Lip Balm, $18
7. L’Occitane Shea Butter Tinted Lip Balm in “Wild Rose”, $13
8. Bobbi Brown Lip Tint in “Tea Tint”, $15
9. The Body Shop Born Lippy in “Strawberry”, $5
10. Kiehl’s Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15 in “Hue 30G”, $7.50

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